Hark Bohm was born on May 18, 1939 in Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany. Bohm grew up on the North Sea island Amrum. After graduating from high school in 1959 in Hamburg, he then graduated from the University with a degree in law. He quit his legal internship in Munich in 1969 and dedicated himself entirely to the art of film. He was cast in several Fassbinder films. There Fassbinder put him preferably one for pedantic and authoritarian roles.
In 1971, Hark Bohm became a member of the New German Cinema. In the following years he was director and author of several short films before then with his only Euro-western “Chetan, Indian Boy”, which became an award-winning feature film. It was followed by several films that dealt with social change.
Hark Bohm is also known as co-founder of the Hamburg Film Bureau (1979). In the same year he also initiated the Filmfest Hamburg with Werner Herzog, Volker Schlöndorff and Wim Wenders with the so-called Hamburg Declaration. In 1993 he founded the Hamburg film studies at the University of Hamburg - where he’s held a professorship since 1992 - which has been integrated into the Hamburg Media School in 2004. Hark Bohm is a member of the Free Academy of the Arts in Hamburg.
He is the brother of late actor Marquard Bohm [1941-2006] and adoptive father of actor Uwe Bohm [1962- ], who starred in several of his films, mostly under his actual name Uwe Enkelmann. Bohm and his wife Natalia have adopted four children and two foster children.